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How to Create a Fairy Garden with Your Kids from waddleeahchaa.com

Week at a Glance: Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: In a Spring Garden Edited by Richard Lewis Illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats How to Create a Fairy Garden with Kids Handmade Mother’s Day Gift by Kids DIY Stepping Stones by Kids Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: In a Spring Garden  Why we love this book: […]

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Mother's Day Stepping Stones DIY by Kids

Week at a Glance: Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: In a Spring Garden Edited by Richard Lewis Illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats Handmade Mother’s Day Gift by Kids DIY Stepping Stones by Kids    Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: In a Spring Garden  Why we love this book: This little gem of a book is […]

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Planting a Butterfly Garden with Children from waddleeahchaa.com

Week at a Glance: Books for Kids GIVEAWAY: The Seeds of the Milkweed Written & Illustrated by The Second Grade Students of East End Elementary DIY Backyard Butterfly House made with Window Screens Butterfly Garden Plants Butterfly Gardening with Children Monarch Butterflies Monarch Butterfly Plants  Build a Butterfly House in a Weekend! Last week, I […]

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Books for Kids GIVEAWAY: The Seeds of the Milkweed from waddleeahchaa.com

Week at a Glance: Books for Kids GIVEAWAY: The Seeds of the Milkweed Written & Illustrated by The Second Grade Students of East End Elementary DIY Backyard Butterfly House made with Window Screens Butterfly Garden Plants Monarch Butterflies Gardening with Children Books for Kids GIVEAWAY: The Seeds of the Milkweed Written & Illustrated by The […]

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Build A Water Fountain and Pond in Weekend - from waddleeahchaa.com

I’ve Fallen in Love with a Water Fountain! You know you’ve found true love when He skips all of the fluff gifts and gives you something He knows you really want. On Valentine’s Day, My Man of Steel walked into the house with a bouquet of grocery store flowers. (He knows I love flowers but […]

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DIY Backyard Makeover: The Garden Shelf Project from waddleeahchaa.com

DIY Backyard Makeover: The Garden Shelf Project Apparently, I have relaxation issues. If I’m not tackling a project, I manage to quickly find one. Often no need for planning. I just dive right in. When we wrangled MacGyver’s recycled project chest out of our shed for his backyard science center, I also noticed a forgotten […]

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DIY Backyard Landscape Makeover: The Rose Arbor Project from waddleeahchaa.com

Spring Is In the Air – Let the Gardening Begin – At least That’s What I’m Telling Myself We’ve experienced an unusually cold and dreary winter here in the South Texas Hill Country. Spring continues to be such a tease with another blast of cold weather heaving itself upon us on Sunday. (I know if […]

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I’m once again highlighting one of our favorite plant nurseries: The Natural Garden located in Austin, Texas. The Natural Gardener is one of the  most innovative garden centers I have seen. Every trip promises a of day a natural beauty. Each time we visit I find myself in awe and inspired to get busy gardening! […]

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Gardening with Children

April 23, 2013

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The summer after the children and I built and planted our DIY square foot gardens, I heard two  little voices summoning me to the backyard, “Mommy, Mommy, look what we made!” The children were busy creating a square foot garden of their very own. Without any promoting or help from me the children had collected […]

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DIY Colorful Birdhouse Display

February 26, 2013

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My children are totally and completely in love with Hill Country Gardens, a local native plant nursery. They have adopted the owner, Andrea Sanger, as one of their best friends. When I say, “Let’s go  to Hill Country Gardens” a loud cheer erupts, accompanied by fist pumping. Andrea has created a Secret Garden and the […]

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A Pottage Garden (or a  potager in French ) is a term for an ornamental vegetable or kitchen garden.  Plants are chosen for their edibility and for their color and form. The herbs in this potager are both ornamental and readily available for cooking. Many plants are trained to grow upward. A well-designed potager can […]

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Easy, Inexpensive DIY Trellis Project from waddleeahchaa.com

Trellis – Courtyard Update When you first do a landscaping project, the pictures are sadly unimpressive because it really takes a few years for the plants grow and flourish. This spring we have thoroughly been enjoying our backyard and our little courtyard area. While dinning outside last night, I realized it was time for an update on […]

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I love herb gardens. I have found herbs easy to grow, requiring less water than many other plants. They grow lush, green, silver and many even bloom colorful flowers. They grow low into ground cover and also into tall beautiful stalks. I cannot resist running my fingers through their leaves smelling all of the tempting […]

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Ready Set Grow! by DK is one of the very best gardening project books for children I have found. We checked it out from our local library but I am very tempted to purchase our own copy. Both of the children have perused the pages of this book many times, pointing out the garden projects […]

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Post image for 10 Easy Steps to Create a Simple Backyard Pond with Children

This year for his birthday, MacGyver asked for a birthday gift that is slightly outside of the box. He asked for a fish pond for our backyard. In our post GIVEAWAY: A Little Birthday Math Outside of the Box, I share how MacGyver researched and planned for his pond. We’re not pond experts so we […]

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For those of you who are Planting a Rainbow or Growing a Vegetable Garden, we thought our post on how to create a square foot garden might be helpful. It has been terribly dry in the Texas Hill Country these last few years. The soil mixture recommended in the book All New Square Foot Gardening […]

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Post image for How to Plant and Grow Seeds: FREE Printable Following Directions Guide for Children

MacGyver and Miss Enigma both received flower seeds and flower pots from the Easter Bunny. Last week we soaked-up a little sunshine and got busy planting. We’re including a FREE printable guide for your classroom or homeschool: How to Plant and Grow Seeds. It includes simple directions for early readers to follow. Look for the […]

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Post image for Container Gardening with Children: Square Foot Gardening Style

After the success with our square foot gardens, yes we have enjoyed delicious homegrown tomatoes throughout the summer, I decided it was time to give our sad potted plants a makeover. The soil mixture recommended by Mel Bartholomew in his book All New Square Foot Gardening has worked out fabulous for our hot Texas climate. […]

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This is the arbor that greets and ushers you into my back yard. This is where I relax each morning with a good book and my coffee. This is our vegetable / herb garden. Phew! It’s a lot of work! I’m perspiring just thinking about it! I use the Square Foot Gardening method. Great for […]

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